Vodafone nabs new Nexus
Operator to offer second-gen Googlephone
Vodafone has got its hands on the Google-Samsung Nexus S - reviewed here.
The second-generation Googlephone is currently available through Carphone Warehouse, which is selling it for a whopping four pence less than it was before, provided you pay a £10 pay-as-you-go top-up.
Carphone Warehouse's generous Nexus S discount
Vodafone didn't say how much it'll charge for the phone, whether on PAYG or contract.
It said the handset will arrive in its stores "soon".
The Nexus S runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, sports a 5Mp camera, a 1GHz processor and a 4in OLED touchscreen. ®
It would be good to get a Nexus 2 without frills ...
as the carrier software seems to spoil the experience.
I live in a country where cell handset manufacturers have to sell unlocked, from the factory, units. They are also able to sell through carriers with all their 'bling' added.
Although not a smartphone owner I have had the opportunity to use friends units here as well as identical units in North America, loaded with carrier ware, and the perceived operating is remarkably different in many cases.
Our 'unlocked prices' from manufacturer stores are lower than PAYG units of the same type from carriers.
As soon as they can bork it by loading all the Vodafone 360 branding and bloatware on it,.
Re: Not worth it
I also have a Nexus S and a HTC Desire. I bought the Nexus S as using GPS on the Desire caused it to overheat and constantly restart.
I have to say I'm really impressed by the Nexus S.
I've downloaded all the widgets I want from the marketplace. Although the Nexus S is plasticy the build quality seems goo enough. I've not experienced a single crash or reboot.
I've had to restart it a few times because it starts pausing when switching home-screens, but that's all.
I find that I get signal on my Nexus S where I don't on my Desire, the screen is better and the loudspeaker sounds far less tinny.
All in all - I find the Nexus S a great phone and the first smartphone that I've been truly happy with. Each to their own though.